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Information Technology - IT.

Information technology or IT - is probably one of the most important things governing or at least guiding your life. So, what is Information Technology?

Defining the words separately, we have ‘information’ which in its crudest form is simply data stored and available whether it is stored in a human brain or a ‘machine’ such as a computer. The largest amount information available to most of us is the internet – which is a series of computers and storage systems.

 The data stored may not be used, but it is generally accessible, so then becomes information for our use. On the other hand, the most intelligent being may have a huge store of knowledge (data), but if they selfishly keep it to themselves, then it is simply ‘data’. If it is not generally available, it cannot be realistically classed as information.

The term ‘technology’ is often wrongly used – or simply misunderstood. The earliest definition – or translation – comes via the ancient Greeks (who else), and has been upgraded -  as we progress - from “the systematic treatment of”.

Add both words together and we have Information Technology – or IT – being ‘the systematic treatment of data’. In modern times, the inputting, storage and retrieval of data into computers can basically be described as Information Technology.

The vast amount of data stored worldwide is of little use unless it is accessible – either by the population at large or by a select group of people such those involved in the sciences. Such storage, accessibility and use can only realistically be attained by the use of varied computers.

Information Technology graphicThe computer is well able to store any data you input, in many forms - including normal text or favourite photos and then make that data available to all who have access to that computer. The computer - and its program - is well capable of 'the systematic treatment' of all all data in it's possession. Masses od accessible information, only possible by the use of technology.  

The vast amount of data stored worldwide is of little use unless it is accessible – either by the population at large or by a select group of people, such those involved in the sciences. Storage, accessibility and use can only realistically be attained by the use of varied computers. The computer is well able to store any data you input, in many forms - including normal text or favourite photos and then make that data available to all who have access to that computer.

The computer - and its program - is well capable of 'the systematic treatment' of all data in its possession. Masses of accessible information, only possible by the use of technology are there to be used by persons who have access to that computer. The most popular Information Technology used daily by so many, is of course Google. We all have access to the wide range of data on their servers.

We get at this data by way of a simple search facility. This is where the retrieval aspect comes into importance. Simply putting things in a filing cabinet for others to use, is not efficient if the intended recipients cannot find it. With Google or other major search engines, you simply type in what you are looking for and the efficient ‘retrieval engine’ gets to work and almost instantly gives you what you are looking for. 



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